Famine and Drought in Somalia

Jun 28, 2011 Full story: The New York Times 147

A hungry child in Somalia, where there is a drought and a food shortage affecting thousands of displaced persons who are currently living on the 1,300 acres of farmland that surround the hospital of Dr.

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#146 Jul 17, 2011
DIIdan wrote:
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Good evening,here is my email (bjornbarakomon@rocketmail.com )let's keep intouch.
That email didn't work the first time, but I'll try it again...watch out, though...You KNOW that I'm going to nag you about that BOOK!!!

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#147 Jul 17, 2011
LWsciencejunkie wrote:
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That email didn't work the first time, but I'll try it again...watch out, though...You KNOW that I'm going to nag you about that BOOK!!!
Oh my bad,here is my correct email(bjornbarakomon@rocketmai l.com) feel free to email me anytime.


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#148 Jul 17, 2011
Diidan wrote:
<quoted text>Oh my bad,here is my correct email(bjornbarakomon@rocketmai l.com) feel free to email me anytime.
It worked! Thanks!

I'll be delighted to hear from you!


#150 Jul 30, 2011
Lisa wrote:
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I just read your helpful previous post and I thank you for some of the recomendations you propose. Yes pastoralism have no place in the modern world and population growth is behind many ills in the Horn of Africa today.
For me it is mindbogling to see how some Somalis insult the two countries (Kenya and Ethiopia) who opened their boarders for the impoverished souls of Somalia. I think they take it for granted that they have all the right to cross any boarder. If Ethiopia and Kenya weren't humanitarian countries they would have stoped them from crossing the boarder with a precence of huge military force. There is no outrage nor sorrow for what is happening in their land. They seem to be more interested in their never ending saga of tribal pursuits. What is wrong with these people? It is their people who is dying like flies. I have seen nobody discussing on how they can help their people but instead are insulting just the two countries who are doing something to help their brethern.
Good point. talk about biting the hand that feeds them.Insult the very kenyans who are having a bumper harvest in central and rift valley.I however sympathise with the turkana,pokot and borana of northern kenya who are also suffering from drought.


#151 Jul 30, 2011
c diddy wrote:
I'm confused why is this always happening in the Horn? i'm sure North Africa is much more arid/desolete and gets much less rainfall than Somalia but the drought seems to be having little affect on any North African country..I just watched an show on Morroco the other day and there were desert nomads family living in barren sand dune camps of the Sahara yetshowed no signs for famine and infact cooked meal for the whole family under a sand made oven..it was premitive but remarkable at the same time.. I guess ayabs are more bult 4 desert dwelling than Somali negroes.
To start with the bedonuin arabs keep the camel and they have oasis to water them.somalis and the north kenyans keep cattle which need a lot of water.remember that this is the worst drought in 60 years meaning the other years,the rainfall was adequate for cattle keeping but this year there was no rain for 2 consecutive seasons.


#152 Jul 30, 2011
DIIDAN wrote:
<quoted text> HA HA HA... TRASH TALKERS LIKE YOU GO TO HELL, BTW, I read my beautiful AFRICAN HISTORY,ooh boy Ilearned alot as i said before AFRICA AFRICA THE MOTHER OF CIVILIZATION ALL WE NEED IS GOOD LEADERS AND REST WILL BE HISTORY, NO SATANIC AGENDA NO UNCLE SAM'S ...NOOOOO REFUGEES HOPE SOMEDAY WE WILL ENJOY OUR BEAUTIFUL CONTINENT. EVERY THING WE NEED ALLAH PUT ON THIS EARTH WE AFRICANS WE'RE RICH WE NEED TO USE OUR BRAINS AND DO GOOD THINGS WHEN WE'RE ON THIS EARTH.can't wait to go back next year and enjoy the RED SEA INDIAN OCEAN, and live like how my granparents lived big open land no bills no mad man made law, god bless all the freedom fighters all over the world.
What freedom fighters are you talking about?


#153 Aug 7, 2012
Hello and thank you for this article. So-called environmentally induced migration is multi-level problem. According to Essam El-Hinnawi definition form 1985 environmental refugees as those people who have been forced to leave their traditional habitat, temporarily or permanently, because of a marked environmental disruption (natural or triggered by people) that jeopardised their existence and/or seriously affected the quality of their life. The fundamental distinction between `environmental migrants` and `environmental refugees` is a standpoint of contemporsry studies in EDPs.

According to Bogumil Terminski it seems reasonable to distinguish the general category of environmental migrants from the more specific (subordinate to it) category of environmental refugees.

Environmental migrants, therefore, are persons making a short-lived, cyclical, or longerterm change of residence, of a voluntary or forced character, due to specific environmental factors. Environmental refugees form a specific type of environmental migrant.

Environmental refugees, therefore, are persons compelled to spontaneous, short-lived, cyclical, or longer-term changes of residence due to sudden or gradually worsening changes in environmental factors important to their living, which may be of either a short-term or an irreversible character.

According to Norman Myers environmental refugees are “people who can no longer gain a secure livelihood in their homelands because of drought, soil erosion, desertification, deforestation and other environmental problems, together with associated problems of population pressures and profound poverty”.

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